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The Daylight Gate (plus more on Best Ofs)

daylight gate

As promised, we have a review today of Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate, one of the sixteen fiction books that have made more than one “best of” list so far this year. In other news, also as promised I took a look at A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Tenth of December, and unfortunately I […]

Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2013

Every fall the “Adult Books 4 Teens” reviewers come together to nominate, discuss, and select the best reading of the year for a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. It’s hardly unusual to find debut novels among our best of the year, but nine out of 21 seems high. […]

Best of Lists


It’s November and that means it’s time to start thinking about the best books of the year. I already mentioned that Publisher’s Weekly put out their mammoth list of best books, including 58 adult fiction titles. On Monday, Kirkus published their even longer list of 99 adult fiction titles (Children, Teen, Nonfiction, and Indie are […]

A Trio of Thrillers

after her

Three great suspenseful reads today. Joyce Maynard bases her latest on a true crime spree that took place in the 1970s, the “Trailside Killings”. Her young teen narrator and her even younger sister decide to help their detective father catch the serial killer. The father-daughter relationship is a highlight of this one. Maynard created a […]


drama high

Today we have two very different, almost opposite, biographies about acting, written by journalists: one a cautionary tale of talent wasted, the other an  inspirational story of talent emergent.  Sokolove’s Drama High tells the inspiring story of a high school drama teacher pushing his students toward success, while Edwards’s Last Night at the Viper Room […]

Looking toward 2014

A Highly Unlikely Scenario

Having submitted our AB4T Best of the Year list to SLJ about 10 days ago, I’m ready to focus my attention on 2014. Yes, there are many more Best lists to come, including the Alex Awards and the Booklist Editors Choice Adult Books for Young Adults, and we will have plenty to say about them. […]

Are You Headed to AASL next Weekend?

If you plan to attend the AASL National Conference in Hartford, CT next week, I hope you will consider attending the Adult Books for Teen Readers author panel, moderated by yours truly. This is a concurrent session scheduled for Saturday at 1pm in the Marriott C. Four fabulous authors are on the panel. All of […]



I had planned on writing a  post today on Publisher’s Weekly‘s  Best of 2013 list, but when I started looking through it, I realized that many of the titles on their list that I’d like to talk about are either currently out with our reviewers, or haven’t been posted yet. So, instead I’m going to […]

The Recent Past

Songs of Willow Frost

Three novels set in the recent past all center on adolescents betrayed or abandoned by the adults in their lives. Jamie Ford‘s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was a hugely successful debut. At the time of publication it was recommended for teen readers, and justifiably so. More recently, it was […]